In a recent memo from U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan, sent to commission staff and commissioners, she writes about the commission’s vision and priorities for the FTC.
"First, we need to address rampant consolidation and the dominance that it has enabled across markets,” she writes. “This will require both finding ways to strengthen our merger enforcement work as well as generally focusing our resources on scrutinizing dominant firms, where lack of competition makes unlawful conduct more likely."
Khan continued, “Non-competes, repair restrictions, and exclusionary clauses are just some of the terms we have heard about in our public comments. Consumers, workers, franchisees [emphasis added], and other market participants are at a significant disadvantage when they are unable to negotiate freely over terms and conditions.
This statement from Khan directly aligns with AAHOA's advocacy initiatives related to online travel agencies (OTAs) and protections for franchisees.
“It’s clear that Commissioner Khan is working to ensure the FTC is in tune with the real problems that Americans are facing on a day-to-day basis,” AAHOA President and CEO Ken Greene said, “AAHOA applauds the points raised and hopefully it will bring about more transparency to create an equitable and prosperous economy for all.”